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Enabling Collaboration to Improve Employee Engagement


When you think about collaboration, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Does it mean working with others for a particular purpose? Or does it mean coming together because your work requires you to? Collaboration has a different meaning to every individual, but that meaning ties into one thing – how engaged you are at work. The Power of Collaboration and Improving Employee Engagement.

Create a Communications Plan for Idea Management


As part of our HunchBuzz offering, we are often asked on how to put together a Communications Plan when launching and maintaining an Idea Management Platform. Well here you go… Communication is a broad concept, one that everyone thinks they understand from their own day to day experiences. Some think it is having a conversation, others believe it is only when you are sending a message.

What Is Employee Driven Innovation


What Is Employee Driven Innovation. Every company is made up of a team of people, ranging from senior management to front of line staff. When it comes to thinking outside the box, it is often hard to come up with new ideas when you are faced with the same information and tasks everyday. Repetition can often dull down your creative thoughts as you get used to the same way of thinking.

Creating Physical Workspaces For Collaboration and Ideas


A lot of people have heard of ‘creative’ workplaces, such as Pixar and Google, that boast exciting work environments for collaboration that stimulate their employees. With common cafe areas and unique styled furniture, these offices are unique to the company that created it. Yet what a lot of people don’t recognise, is that the space in which you collaborate, helps you innovate. link]. Flexibility.

Three Keys to Accelerating Innovation through Connecting and Collaborating Outside your Organization

Speaker: Gordon Vala-Webb, Author, Speaker and Consultant, Building Smarter Organizations

From his upcoming book, Building Smarter Organizations, Gordon will do a deep dive into connecting and collaborating with those outside your organization to accelerate innovation. Gordon will provide practical strategies to connecting and working with the "nearside" of suppliers, partners and alumni in order to accelerate innovation.

An Insight In to Public Sector Innovation – Australia


With Innovation becoming an important conversation in every organisation, the Australian Public Sector (APS) has created a framework to highlight the significance of understanding Public Sector Innovation and applying it. Using new ideas generated within the public sector, they have used applied innovation to solve complex issues. Peter F. Drucker. So how did they jump on board? What happened next?

The Power of Ideas for Business Improvement


The Power of Ideas For Business Improvement  . In 2014, Guy Kawasaki, an American marketing specialist, gave an inspirational Ted Talk about the Art of Innovation. Within the first two minutes of his speech, he states that innovation begins with the desire to ‘make meaning.’ Evolving your ideas is not as easy as it sounds though, as it takes a lot of courage to share your thoughts with others.

What Is Idea Management Anyway?


The other night, I sat across from a friend who was rambling about a new project at work. Her eyes were wild and her hand gestures signaled that she was in fact, very stressed. You see, my friend is at the lower end of a company, wanting to make her way up the ladder. Her work had asked her, and her colleagues, to come up with some new ideas towards a project they had commissioned. The idea itself.

The 3 Benefits Of Using Idea Management Software


Why use Idea Management Software? Idea Management can often seem like a big concept, with many definitions on what it actually is, and how it works spanning the internet. Companies often determine what Idea Management is to them and how it helps their strategy, but more often than not, Idea Management can be pushed aside and ignored. The three benefits of Idea Management Software.

Building A Collaborative Innovation Playbook

Speaker: Greg Satell, Innovation Advisor, Speaker and Author

For his upcoming book, Greg Satell has researched how people and organizations successfully innovate. We are excited to have Greg join us for a session that will draw upon these insights and provide a playbook for how to define the right innovation strategies for your organization to overcome the specific challenges that your organization faces and dramatically improve your innovation effectiveness.

Killer of change? ‘Idiot policy’


I wasn’t surprised when I discovered that the word Policy is derived from the French word Police. With a penchant for embracing change my consequential run-ins with the corporate police was to be expected. The good times! It’s true existing policy reflects a great deal of organizational learning, but the reality is that stagnant policy has unintended consequences. Despite organizational commitment to driving innovation and change it’s hard to find good case studies of real transformation. Amending policy just doesn’t appear to be getting enough air time. Core values is the answer. Crowdsource

The Buzz about HunchBuzz


Jennie Guzman is a Wellington based content writer/Comms student @Massey getting the lowdown on Innovation, Idea Management Software and Collaboration from one of NZ’s finest – HunchBuzz. When I sat down with Thomas Mitchell of HunchBuzz, I had no idea what to expect. HunchBuzz’s three pillars of success: Collaboration, Innovation & Engagement. Hunchbuzz began, ironically, with an idea.

The Amazing Thing About Bad Ideas


It’s with great pleasure that for this guest Blog post, we have the excellent Nicole Williams from providing some insight about ‘Bad Ideas’… are they really Bad?? Check it out. There’s a well known cliche, often cited in brainstorming sessions, that there’s “no such thing as a bad idea”. Unfortunately that’s not true, there’s plenty of bad ideas.

My target? “I pulled it out of a hat”


If you’ve ever worked in a corporate environment or had anything to do with sales you won’t be surprised to hear that ‘sales targets’ are often pulled out of a hat. Really? Yes, really. Okay, not always, some may work for a multi-national and are expected to produce a designated number, despite having little appreciation of the local conditions, but I digress. Was there enough market demand?

Wisdom of the crowd & that means employees too.


If you do time in the business world you’ve certainly been exposed to the hype of how harnessing the voice of internal and external stakeholders can help create new ideas and help organizations reinvent themselves. Although I struggle to differentiate between business jargon and real-life vocabulary, the ‘wisdom of the crowd’ certainly seems to have extended beyond the corporate domain.

A Strategic Approach to Open Innovation

Speaker: Jeffrey Phillips, Senior Consultant, OVO Innovation

This action-packed session will examine the critical questions you should ask as you establish an open innovation framework: which technologies or ideas? Which partners and how many? Which methods? By taking a strategic approach to open innovation, you’ll find the right ideas or partners more effectively, and you’ll accelerate new products to market more quickly.

Core values is the answer.


10 years ago I could be found on stage at conferences evangelizing a principles-based approach to the delivery of IT projects, Agile Project Management. thought the market was ready, but a lot of the leaders were openly cynical. considers NZ the least corrupt country in the world, a good start, I thought. It was real. It’s simple, but not easy.

Your eulogy will shape your career


I’m not sure if anybody has mentioned this to you lately, but you will die. What a morbid way to start a blog. My objective is not to depress you, but to inspire you to live your life with intention. Starting with the end game in mind may provide you with some real insight in terms of what you want to contribute during your experience on this planet. The Dalai Lama meditates on death daily.

Moving too fast to develop strategy, are you kidding?


At work, every action we take or decision we make effectively supports strategy, whether it is the organizational direction or an individual’s personal agenda. There isn’t enough certainty, they argue, to be able to do strategy effectively.”. It’s often left to the individual to make sense of the firm’s strategic intent. In fact you probably already do this in your daily life. Crowdsource

‘Innovation’ overused but critical


Is ‘Innovation’ simply an overused, catchall buzzword that suppliers have latched onto to effectively position themselves with prospective clients? Perhaps there is some truth here, but isn’t innovation essential for survival? Therefore an innovation strategy would seem fundamental for ongoing success, yet there aren’t a lot of signs that they exist? Christensen, and Michael E. Crowdsource

Six Keys to Making Collaborative Innovation Successful – Webinar and Book

Speaker: Soren Kaplan, Founder of InnovationPoint

We are excited to launch the Collaborative Innovation Webinar Series with Dr. Soren Kaplan. His just released book, "The Invisible Advantage," provides actionable insights into how any organization can create a culture of innovation, an environment that promotes freethinking, an entrepreneurial spirit, and sustainable value creation at all levels and across all functions. By registering for the webinar, you will get a free excerpt from his book.

I’m ready for a little MOOC!


Universities are smack in the middle of the ‘disruptive business model’ pathway. One component that is bound to impact the existing post secondary (tertiary) model is this thing called MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). Although I have been exposed to the model for some time, this week will be my first time participating in an online educational course, offered by U.Lab. Think 22,000 is a lot?

Good Deeds, precursor to bad behavior? ‘Licensing Effect’


I had a recent chat with somebody who was blatantly lying to me. The ease in which he flung lie after lie into the conversation stupefied me, particularly as his words cascaded from a moral high ground of divinity. quietly questioned his behavior and wondered if this was the embodiment of the “licensing effect.” Under this effect, people can rationalize bad conduct, if they first do something good. Whether in dieting, helping or politicking, the licensing effect permits people to be wicked after they have performed something deemed good. This discovery saddened me. Don’t make assumptions. 4.

Addressing Employee Engagement Survey Results Using Idea Management


When you first think of an Employee Engagement survey, what is the first thought that comes to mind? Is it that you are turned off the idea of having to respond to a survey? Is it that you are worried that your responses won’t be heard? Or is it that you would love to have your say, but you don’t know if any change will come of it? So how do these surveys work? What can be implemented?

The Buzz about HunchBuzz


Jennie Guzman is a Wellington based content writer/Comms student @Massey getting the lowdown on Innovation, Idea Management Software and Collaboration from one of NZ’s finest. When I sat down with Thomas Mitchell of HunchBuzz, I had no idea what to expect. The company’s slogan is ‘ where innovation begins ’, and the values the company promotes are strongly ingrained in those who work at HunchBuzz.

The Leadership of Open Innovation

Speaker: Paul Sloane, Director, Destination Innovation

Paul Sloane is a well-known author and speaker on open innovation. In this session, Paul will take us through examples of successful open innovation programs to explore the breadth of what open innovation can be for organizations and the value it can bring. This is a session you don’t want to miss.

How Corporates can use the Lean Startup and Business Model Canvas


The Lean Startup is a hot topic for organizations right now, so we asked a practitioner - Justin Souter, of Souter Consulting - to help readers get a handle on the elements of the Lean Startup framework, and provide some lessons from the field. The post is in four sections: 1. Where to begin with Startups and Corporate innovators. 2. How to make effective decisions while 'in flight'. 3. Framework


Innovation Is Combination

Digital Tonto

If you want to innovate, don’t sit around waiting for a great epiphany, look for what you can combine to create something truly new and powerful. Related posts: An Innovation Roadmap. Innovation Is. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. All Posts Technology Innovation

The 9 Rules Of Innovation

Digital Tonto

The truth is that there are many paths to innovation. Here are nine of them. Related posts: The New Rules Of Disruption. The Difference between Strategy and Innovation. What Is Innovation? The. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. All Posts Management Technology Innovation Strategy

2017: Collaboration Is No Longer A Choice, But An Imperative

Digital Tonto

In the new business environment that's emerging, the best way to become a dominant player is to be an indispensable partner. Related posts: The New Era Of Cognitive Collaboration. Building Creative. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. All Posts Technology Collaboration Innovation

Models, Strategies and Tactics for Accelerating Innovation through Collaboration Outside the Organization

Speaker: Paul Campbell, VP of Innovation, Schneider Electric

We are excited to have Paul Campbell, an expert in corporate entrepreneurship, covering some of the strategies and tactics he has repeatedly used to transform corporate innovation programs. In this session, Paul will share his experience innovating in new and adjacent markets through a deft deployment of open innovation, business accelerators, venturing, M&A, R&D, business development and strategy team leadership.

We Too Often Ignore The Tradeoff Between Innovation And Optimization

Digital Tonto

If you want to innovate, forget the metrics and focus on your mission Related posts: Why Best Practices Can Lead To Better Innovation. Why Every Business Should Consider Innovation Teams. What is. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. All Posts Management Innovation

The Lean Startup Is Doing More Than Transforming Business, It’s Changing The World

Digital Tonto

Just because you’ve created a great solution, doesn’t mean you have found the right problem. Related posts: How Lean Startup Techniques Can Work Even Better For Established Businesses. How IBM Is. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. All Posts Management Innovation Lean Launchpad

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10 Emerging Technologies That Will Drive The Next Economy


Leaders should always be asking themselves What’s new?, What’s next? and What’s better?; that’s where the future is. And we can take deliberate steps to answers those questions…. What technologies will drive the biggest changes in industries over the next 10 to 20 years and create the next economy ? How might the way we work, hire and collaborate change in the future? Really, they don’t.

Those That Get It Don’t Need It, and Those That Need It Don’t Get It

Tim Kastelle

An innovation paradox Here’s a central problem with trying to get any new idea to spread – often, those that get it don’t need it, while those that need it don’t get it. It’s a paradox. This leads to problems for people that have new ideas. Back in my startup days , we often went to First Tuesday in Brisbane to try to build our network. No, it did not.

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To Manage for Innovation is to Manage for Progress not Stability


Something extraordinary happened to the human species over the past two centuries: Economic growth transformed everyday life and changed poverty from a near-universal condition to a limited problem. The technologies that enabled this change emerged largely in Western Europe. Why there  and not, say, in China? So, what’s the takeaway for businesses? Complacency follows.

How Google Innovates

Digital Tonto

What makes Google special is the way it’s been able to integrate an entire portfolio of innovation strategies into a seamless whole. Related posts: Google’s (not so) Stupid Strategy. How Google. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. All Posts

Ten Top Tips for Success with Open Innovation

Destination Innovation

Traditionally businesses developed all their new products in-house using ideas that came from their Marketing or R&D departments (or sometimes the MD’s pet projects).  Increasingly this internal focus is being replaced by a more powerful and effective approach – open innovation (OI). Here are ten top tips to help you grasp the benefits of OI for your company: 1. Set Goals. Think win/win.

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How Should You Budget for Corporate Innovation?


Budgeting for corporate innovation initiatives can be challenging, so corporations often fall back on the subjective judgement of CEOs and their executive team about where their company stands in the overall marketplace and how they think it will evolve. To avoid this pitfall, corporates look to create a more structured approach to budgeting.

5 Common Innovation Roadblocks - And How to Get Around Them [INFOGRAPHIC]